Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: shooting and producing her films all over the world, Laura Poitras, the documentarian, she has been busy. But has she has been doing a lot of traveling for her work, for her films, she has found that she gets stopped a lot at the airport and not anything like what you might get stopped for at the airport for. She's been stopped dozens and dozens of times at the airport for interrogations that sometimes last for hours. Miss Poitras started taking extraordinary precautions with her data using encrypted e-mail, working on computers that were not connected to the internet. Stashing her notes in safe deposit boxes. She kept on, though, getting stopped at the airport.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: Starting in 2006, she was detained and questioned like that more than 40 times. In April of last year, salon.com wrote about what had been happening to Laura Poitras as she tried to travel, and then finally, finally after that public attention, and that article from salon.com, the airport interrogations of Laura Poitras stopped. She found, okay, she can get on a plane again, more or less like the rest of us. The author of that article in "salon" about Laura Poitras was the lawyer, blogger and civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald who lately has teamed up with the subject of that article he wrote, teamed up with Laura Poitras along side Barton Gellman’s reporting for the "Washington Post."
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
This is Laura Poitras, an American filmmaker. she won a MacArthur genius award last year. Miss Poitras makes documentaries. Her first one was Columbus, Ohio, about gentrification in Columbus, Ohio. more recently she's been working on a trilogy about the war on terror. Starting with a documentary about life in Iraq under U.S. control during the U.S. war in Iraq. the second part tells the story of two men from Yemen including one who was a driver for Osama bin Laden.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: It has been Glenn and Laura’s series of exposes that have detailed much that we did not know before about the reach of America's intelligence agencies into the lives of ordinary non-terrorist, non-suspicious people living in this country. The way U.S. intelligence can and does track our phone calls, our e-mails, virtually all of it all the time. Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald have done this reporting of course based on classified documents, given to them by a former contract worker for the NSA and he of course has temporary asylum in Russia. But it is Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald who know what their source has to tell. it's they who have been telling his story, making news out of the documents that he has given them week after week now since June.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: yeah, their source may be in Russia now, but they're not. Glenn Greenwald lives in Brazil with his partner who's Brazilian. Laura Poitras has been living in Germany, because she says she needs a place to work on her documentary about U.S. surveillance without worrying the U.S. government will try to seize her material.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: Miss Poitras is still working on the third installment in that trilogy which is about U.S. surveillance of phone calls and e-mails and so on since 9/11. She posted a bit of that one last year on "The New York Times" website. Binney: You build social networks for everybody. That turns into the graph then you index all that data to that graph which means you can pull out a community, that that gives you an outline of the life of everybody in the community. And if you carry it over time from 2001 up, you have that ten years worth of their life that you can lay out in a timeline that involves anybody in the country. Even Senators and House of Representatives. All of them. The dangers here are that we fall into something like a totalitarian state like East Germany. Maddow: Working with top-level sources like that former NSA employee, uncovering government secrets
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